The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Didi Walson-Jack has pledged to integrate the Wowbii interactive board, a smart learning board into the classrooms to aid teaching and learning.

Walson-Jack was speaking in Abuja on Friday at the presentation of an interactive board to the ministry by a delegation from the Unity School Old Students Association (USOSA) and Wowbii technology.

The permanent secretary pledged to work with Wowbii to escalate the innovation to secondary schools and Colleges of Education (COE) for the teachers to learn a new way of digital interaction.

“Today marks the beginning of digitalisation of all unity colleges and also the digitalisation of all the teachers.

“Once the ministry gets it right, every other school will get it right. This is the beginning of a revolution in digital innovation.

” We are going back to the drawing board and integrate this technology into the classrooms and train our teachers on the use of the board,” she said.

She added that now is the time to ‘work the talk’ of digitalisation in the education sector while also promising to cascade the innovation to all schools around the country.

“This is a milestone because we are all going digital not only in the education sector but the whole of Nigeria. It therefore means that for Nigeria to be digital, we need to have digital classrooms, digital teachers and of course digital students.

“And this Wowbii board will mark the beginning of interaction with students by their teachers in a way that has never been before in Nigerian public schools,” she said .

Also, the President of USOSA, Michael Magaji urged that nothing must stop Nigerian children from getting the best education that would make them compete with their counterparts around the world.

Magaji noted that the board was a way of giving back to their alma mater, while hoping to sustain the collaboration with the ministry to advance secondary education in the country.

“Tax payers money was used to educate us to global standards. Today with technology, we can reinvent those standards with the right tools of technology and make the environment conducive both for teachers and students so as to accelerate learning and most important the quality of learning.

“USOSA is in a give back mode and no other partner is better than the ministry of education. We hope that this adoption would be taken by the ministry and the entire country and our students can get better and quality education,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Founder of Wowbii, Mr Gbolahan Olayomi, said Wowbii technology was introduced in 2015 and the technology had since been adopted by private schools around the country.

Olayomi said the scratch-proof technology, built for the environment of children with security features had curriculum content infuse in it.

“Wowbii was born to transform the way Africans work and learn, and the mindset was to make Africa limp front and catch up with the rest of the world.

“We make it possible for an African child to compete global with children across the globe. It is to make that child from the remotest village in Nigeria to compete and have access to the best in terms of technology,” he said. (NAN)

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